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7:08 PM on 11.25.2008

TF2 - Mass A.I. [Video + Quickblog]

Before we begin, I'd like to make a few things clear. This is not a frag video and this is not machinima. It is, however, strangely awesome and I think you should watch it. There are plenty of moments to watch for including a cube of spy crabs and heavy taunt dominoes. If you are confused at all, just hit play. It will all start making sense soon enough.

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Also, I don't know how he did any of this. He wouldn't say in his vid description and I haven't scoured through the comments to find any more information. If you are really that determined to know, consider sending him a PM.

BOOM   read


9:21 PM on 09.25.2008

Left4Dead System Requirements: Revealed

Le source.



In classic Valve tradition, the system requirements are quite low. My computer is definitely ready to kill some zombies, is yours?

/quickblog

*note: The right side of the picture is cut off for me. If it shows that way for you, it says:
"Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for pixel shader 2.0"   read


2:51 PM on 08.19.2008

Tyranids Confirmed For Br..I mean DoW2!

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Looks like the speculation about the ending of the above trailer was true. Tyranids will indeed become the next playable race in DoW2. Wondering what this new race will bring to the table?

"Philippe Boulle: The Tyranid swarm is a single organism, not an army of individuals. Defensive "meat shields" of disposable creatures protect powerful specialists. These specialists also serve as conduits for the guiding Hive Mind, empowering the smaller units and making them more effective.

"Players will actually see the swarm change tactics and behavior as it comes under the guidance of these synapse creatures."

Sweet. I'll definitely be giving these guys some playtime. Oh, if you don't know what tyranids are, you can gtfo my blog right now. Or just look below. Your choice.


Rawr

Via IGN. Check it out for a nice Q&A.   read


10:53 AM on 07.05.2008

The Internet Hates Diablo III

I'm sure you've all heard of the complaints of disgruntled Diablo fans everywhere when they saw the art direction of Diablo 3. They've gone as far as comparing it to WoW and even creating an online petition against it (which currently has over 33,500 signatures.) In response to these obvious cries of pain, Something Awful has written an article about it aptly named "The Internet Hates Diablo III". As usual, it's hilarious. Check it out.

My two cents:

This is what early StarCraft versions looked like:


This is the final version:


Looks a little different, eh? I think if Blizzard truly feels that they have soiled the franchise with D3's style then they will change it. That said, I think what they choose will be great. I have nothing against the use of color in video games, and when people complain because the landscapes are too beautiful, there is something wrong with those people.   read


12:12 PM on 06.29.2008

TF2 - Meet the Spy + Meet the Pyro (both fan-made)

So I was perusing the internets today when I came across this little gem. As it says in the title, this is only a fan-made video but I think it's pretty good. It seems to have some of that humor that makes the real "Meet the Team" videos so popular. There really isn't that much more to say, so without further ado I present "Meet the Spy":

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http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/446194

Also found he made a "Meet the Pyro" animation. Personally, I prefer the spy one, but maybe that's just me.

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http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/418094

Credit goes to the creator, Howard Krieg.   read


2:03 PM on 06.26.2008

20 Minutes of Far Cry 2 Gameplay

Actually, more like 23 minutes and 37 seconds of gameplay. Also, a note about the below list. I didn't write it as I was watching like a smart person would so I could have missed some stuff. Still, you get the idea.

Things of interest:
-Completely open world.
-50 square kilometers
-No loading, it's all seamless.
-Dynamic day/night cycle
-Dynamic wind/weather cycles
-1 minute in real time is 5 minutes in game time
-There are 9 playable characters. Whichever characters you don't play with become NPCs and can help you on your mission.
-There are over 100 missions.
-Their first estimate was 50 hours of gameplay.
-Africa is dirty so your guns will jam.
-You can fix your vehicles so you don't get stranded
-There is a sort of weapon shop so you can pick what weapons you use for what mission.
-Some animations look a little stiff, but they still have time to change them before the game gets released.
-Intelligent roadside system (road signs telling you where to go). Presenter adds "But it's an open world so you do what the fuck you want."
-Fire. Freaking. Propagation.

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"Louis-Pierre Pharand from Ubisoft showing for the first time in the world Far Cry 2, at DreamHack Summer 2008."   read


3:19 PM on 06.25.2008

UK Gets Late(r) Left 4 Dead Release

Since my previous title was causing some unnecessary commotion, I changed it to something less zealous. For the archives, my previous title was "The UK Gets Screwed Again: Left 4 Dead Edition". Was that a bad title? Possibly. Do I care? We'll never know.

EA has told VideoGamer.com that Europe's official street release date will be November 7. That's 3 days after the supposed "worldwide release". While it's not as bad as some other games (do you guys have Brawl yet?), it still probably sucks. I guess the good news is that hopefully in those three days the rest of the world will figure out how to actually play the game so you won't be stuck with (total) idiots.

Edit: If you are getting the PC version and you have Steam you can still get it on November 4.

To make this post look longer, I will attach 3 videos that appeared on GameVideos.com yesterday.

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11:32 AM on 06.24.2008

3 More (New) Left 4 Dead Videos

Gamevideos has posted three new Left 4 Dead videos today showing off a variety of effects. I've summarized the main things under each video. GO!

Revive:
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Good display of the new vomit effects. It looks crazy when you're being charged by zombies down a narrow hallway and your vision is distorted. The overall effect is just terrifying. I love it.

Last Stand:
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This one shows off the brutality of the Witch. Also, check out the bloodbath that ensues as Louis is getting attacked. Valve might have gone a little overboard with the blood decals, but at least they look good.

Explosion:
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Takes place during the finale. At around 1:49 you can see the Tank nail the player with a hunk of the environment. Awesome.

Overall, it seems that with every new video that comes out, the game just keeps looking better and better. However, I want to know how the Infected side is going. I've yet to hear any updates on the situation, and that kind of worries me. I understand that they probably want to perfect the Survivors before moving on to the Infected, but I wouldn't mind a little info. Then I remember it's Valve we're talking about and all of my worries disappear.

If you haven't yet, go check out the L4D video extravaganza that was on the front page yesterday. You will be pleased.

Note: According to 1up, the help messages come up only for new players and will go away after a few plays.   read


7:44 PM on 06.23.2008

Split-Screen Confirmed for Left 4 Dead 360


Artist's rendering of L4D on the 360.

The official Xbox website, xbox.com, has just revealed that Valve's upcoming game Left 4 Dead will in fact have split-screen multiplayer. Last I heard, Valve was trying to make split-screen happen but a large amount of technical problems stood in their way. Well it seems that they have managed to overcome these obstacles. *cue applause* If you're too lazy to click the above link, I've just pasted the info below (the ones in brackets--> [] pertain to Xbox Live). Enjoy:

Players: 1-2

Players Co-op: 1-2

Multiplayer Versus

System Link: 2-4

Dolby 5.1 Surround

Hard Drive Required

[ Players: 2-8 ]

[ Players Co-op: 1-4 ]

[ Marketplace Downloads ]

[ Leaderboards ]

[ Voice Messaging ]

[ Voice Support ]

What's that? You were hoping for 4 player split-screen? Oh well, at least the bots are supposed to have good AI. Personally, I'll be getting this for PC so I don't even care.

Also, if you missed the "Left 4 Dead Video Blowout" on the front page do yourself a favor and check it out. Just make sure to bring a pair of clean pants with you.   read


5:34 PM on 06.21.2008

Limbo of the Lost ending. Enter at your own risk.

Yes, it seems the internet phenomenon's ending has finally reached the youtubes. I'm not really sure if that's a good thing for the following reason: there is singing. At least we can see the awesome lipsyncing at work. This is your last chance to turn back.
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Pretty much the next "Still Alive"...right?

Here we have the awesome cliffhanger ending for the sequel, Limbo of the Lost II: Flight for Freedom. Somehow, I don't think they'll be making a second one...
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If you think about it, "Flight to Freedom" is pretty ironic name for the second one.

KING OF LIMBOOOOOOOOOOO

I'm sorry...   read


4:03 PM on 06.20.2008

Awesome Gaiden (video)

Egoraptor recently released another video of his "Awesome" series. If you couldn't guess by the title, this one is about Ninja Gaiden. If you want to see more of his work check out his site or his Newgrounds page.

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You can also go here for the better quality flash version. There is an easter egg in the flash version. If you can't find it, you suck.

Since you're already here, you might as well go watch his Metal Gear Awesome series again.
[1] [2]   read


6:46 PM on 06.11.2008

Game steals levels from Oblivion

Well isn't this quality game developing at work? According to a recent CVG article, the game company G2 Games's recent title, Limbo of the Lost (don't worry, I haven't heard of it either), has copied exact structures and textures from Bethesda's Oblivion. At first I was a bit skeptical that a game company would do something so blatantly obvious, but then I saw the pictures...









They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but come on! They didn't even change any of the pictures on the wall or anything. It does look like they changed the lighting effects and character models though, and I guess the UI is different. If these screenshots are indeed real, how could the company be so stupid? Did they think no one would notice? It almost makes me sad...

:(

...but then I think of the impending lawsuit...

:D   read





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